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Raquel S. Lord focuses her practice on employment matters. She represents an array of clients, including those from the health care, financial services, package delivery, and retail industries. Raquel assists clients with hiring and termination procedures, performance management, employee discipline, responding to complaints of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, disability accommodations, employee leave issues, wage and hour compliance, restrictive covenants, and social media issues, and regularly appears in federal and state court on behalf of clients in connection with litigation. She also has experience counseling clients on and litigating joint employer issues and franchise matters. Raquel routinely represents employers before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state agencies.


  • Employment litigation
  • Agency litigation (EEOC, NJDCR, NYDHR)
  • Employment counseling and training
  • Handbooks and policies
  • ADA and FMLA
  • NJLAD and CEPA
  • Employment and severance agreements



  • The Second Circuit affirmed summary judgment on behalf of GT’s client in a May 2021 ruling. The former employee’s request for en banc review by the Second Circuit was also denied and GT’s client was awarded the costs of appeal.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of healthcare network in case where plaintiff brought claims under CEPA and the NJLAD for retaliation and age discrimination.
  • Obtained summary judgment in case on behalf of specialty claims and risk management services provider in which plaintiff alleged race discrimination and retaliation.
  • Represented international delivery/logistics company in purported class and collective actions alleging violations of the FLSA and New York Labor Law; plaintiffs sought alleged unpaid wages, including overtime, as a result of, among other things, allegedly working off-the-clock and employer’s policy of deducting lunch and meal breaks each day.
  • Represented international retailer in lawsuit alleging age, pregnancy, and disability discrimination and retaliation in violation of New York State law and New York City ordinances, as well as violation of the FMLA.
  • Represented national childcare center franchise in multi-plaintiff litigation; plaintiffs alleged discrimination and retaliation in violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.
  • Obtained summary disposition and final award on behalf of international wireless carrier in arbitration; plaintiff alleged a hostile work environment, retaliation, violation of the FMLA, and wrongful termination.
  • Defended international drug development, delivery and supply company against claims by purported whistleblower alleging violations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
  • Defended furniture wholesaler against claims of age discrimination by an independent contractor under an infrequently-used provision of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination that prohibits discrimination in the conduct of business and the making of contracts.
  • Represented international investment bank in lawsuit alleging race and gender discrimination and retaliation under federal law and New York City Human Rights Law.
  • Defended health care organization in multi-plaintiff litigation; plaintiffs alleged to have suffered a racially hostile work environment in violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, New Jersey Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2013-2018
  • Recipient, New Jersey Law Journal, “New Leaders of the Bar” Award, 2018
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  • J.D., Rutgers School of Law - Newark
    • Managing Editor, Rutgers Law Review
    • Member, Moot Court Board
  • B.A., University of Maryland, College Park
    • Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit